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Labour’s Plan for Britain’s Future and a Better Future for Swindon

In Swindon many people tell me they feel the recovery isn’t benefiting them and after 5 years of the Tories Swindon hasn’t seen the real change we need. Ed’s speech at Labour Party Conference showed that Labour’s Plan for Britain’s Future will build a country that works for the many rather than just a privileged […]

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Save Swindon’s Children’s Centres

Last night we proposed a motion to save Swindon Children’s Centres. The Tories are proposing to close seven Children’s Centres in Swindon. I am very concerned that this could be deeply damaging for the life chances and lives of children and families across our town. I have spoken to many parents across Swindon, and they […]

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Why I am glad to have secured an Inquiry into the Averies Waste Fire

The Averies Waste Fire burned for two months, choking the air with smoke and fumes, meaning local residents couldn’t open their windows, and local businesses had to close their doors. The fire may be over but the flames of anger in the community will burn on for a long time. They deserve answers and that’s […]

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Moredon Golf Course by Councillors Jim Grant, Des Moffatt and Peter Watts

Following the decision to exclude Moredon Golf from the council’s leisure & golf asset transfer scheme, it is vital that we secure the future of the course and its surrounding area as a green open space for local people. We are currently in discussions with council officers and others to try to develop the site […]

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Labour Group proposing to exclude golf courses from long-term private leases

At the Full Council Meeting on Thursday 17th July, the Labour Group will be proposing to exclude Broome Manor and Highworth Golf Courses from being transferred on long-term leases to a private company chosen by the administration of the Council. In 2013/14 Broome Manor Golf Course made a surplus of £60,000 and Highworth Golf Course […]

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Labour councillors call for golf courses to not be transferred to leases

At the Full Council Meeting on Thursday 17th July, the Labour Group will be proposing an amendment to exclude Broome Manor and Highworth Golf Courses from being transferred on long-term leases to a private company called Twigmarket Ltd. It is proposed that Broome Manor Golf Course be leased to this private company for 75 years […]

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Labour Group calls for termination of Oasis agreement

The Swindon Labour Group Leader, Councillor Jim Grant, has called on Swindon Borough Council to terminate its Development Agreement with Moirai Capital Investments, following news that Moirai has breached its agreement with Swindon Borough Council. The Labour Group Leader said he had obtained information that Moirai had breached its agreement with the Council by failing […]

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Jim Grant responds to Councillor Renard’s Swindon Advertiser column

Jim Grant has responded to Counciller Renard’s recent Swindon Advertiser column. His letter is as follows: “I refer to the Leader of Swindon Council’s recent column in your newspaper. I congratulate him in writing such a provocative piece, however the principles for which Councillor Renard espoused were far from the reality by which his and […]